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First GOP member of Congress stands up for marriage equality

gaywrites:

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican congresswoman from Florida, has officially confirmed that she supports marriage equality, making her the first Republican member of Congress to do so. 

Ros-Lehtinen was the only Republican co-sponsor of legislation to repeal DOMA, but she officially confirmed to the Washington Blade this week that this does, in fact, make her a proponent of marriage equality (since repealing DOMA and supporting same-sex marriage are definitely not the same thing). An excerpt from the interview transcript:

Washington Blade: Just to be clear, are you a supporter of same-sex marriage?

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: Well, I co-sponsored the repeal of DOMA.

Blade: But does that make you a supporter of same-sex marriage?

Ros-Lehtinen: I don’t know why you’re asking that. It’s such a weird way.

Blade: President Obama for a long time didn’t support same-sex marriage, but supported DOMA repeal.

Ros-Lehtinen: Oh, yeah. I am. I thought you were trying to get some tricky thing here. No I am.

Ros-Lehtinen has officially endorsed Mitt Romney for the 2012 election, but this does position her somewhat differently in the grand scheme of Congress. Hopefully some more people of Congress can step forward with similar support. 

Nah, she’s still crazy: ask her about Castro and you’ll find out.

underthemountainbunker:

Ron Paul got his
Think Progress: Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), a libertarian hero, last year said that allowing Social Security to exist is akin to permitting slavery. But during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today, Paul admitted to the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein that he collects Social Security checks anyway:

STEIN: A bit of a personal question then, are you on Social Security? Do you get Social Security checks?
PAUL: I do.
STEIN: Well, I mean, is there — you just told younger generations that they should ween themselves off this social contract.
PAUL: That is true.
STEIN: But you haven’t done it yourself…Don’t you think you chould have set a good example for the future generations. You’re not the wealthiest man in congress, I know that, but you have enough means to take care of yourself in retirement…Couldn’t you have set an example?
PAUL: No. I think the programs are so designed, just as I use the post office too, I use government highways, I do that too, I use the banks, the federal reserve system, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t work to remove this in the same way on Social Security.

It’s ‘the system,’ man. So while Paul got his, he’s working to cancel yours.

underthemountainbunker:

Ron Paul got his

Think Progress: Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), a libertarian hero, last year said that allowing Social Security to exist is akin to permitting slavery. But during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today, Paul admitted to the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein that he collects Social Security checks anyway:

STEIN: A bit of a personal question then, are you on Social Security? Do you get Social Security checks?

PAUL: I do.

STEIN: Well, I mean, is there — you just told younger generations that they should ween themselves off this social contract.

PAUL: That is true.

STEIN: But you haven’t done it yourself…Don’t you think you chould have set a good example for the future generations. You’re not the wealthiest man in congress, I know that, but you have enough means to take care of yourself in retirement…Couldn’t you have set an example?

PAUL: No. I think the programs are so designed, just as I use the post office too, I use government highways, I do that too, I use the banks, the federal reserve system, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t work to remove this in the same way on Social Security.

It’s ‘the system,’ man. So while Paul got his, he’s working to cancel yours.

More Chicago Sleaze from Joe Ricketts

destroythegop:

Right-wing extremist and proud Romney supporter Joe Ricketts, founder of TD Ameritrade and owner of the both the Chicago Cubs and the Ricketts Plan for Inciting Racist Hatred, is seeking TAXPAYER FINANCING for planned renovations to Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

Republicans.  It’s what they are.

Next to the Dodgers, there has been one other team in the National League that I’ve always hated: The Cubs. Long Live The Jinx of The Billygoat.

wisconsinforward:

Awkward Mittens.

Profile of the Sociopath has, in part, these traits:

  • Glibness and Superficial Charm
  • Manipulative and Conning
    They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.
  • Grandiose Sense of Self
    Feels entitled to certain things as “their right.”
  • Callousness/Lack of Empathy
    Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others’ feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.
  • Early Behavior Problems/Juvenile Delinquency
    Usually has a history of behavioral and academic difficulties, yet “gets by” by conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.
  • Irresponsibility/Unreliability
    Not concerned about wrecking others’ lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.
  • Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility
    Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.

Calling the presumptive GOP Nominee to become President a sociopath might be hyberbolic as some of the non-sense that right-wing talking heads grind out. The only difference I make between the voices that fester on A.M. radio and myself is that I was paying attention in high school debate class; I backed up my argument that Willard Mitt Romney is a sociopath with supporting evidence.

sure it's outrageous, but does your outrage have teeth?

underthemountainbunker:

Sean Hannity says beans and rice are the solution to hunger

SEAN HANNITY THINKS THE IDEA THAT AMERICANS ARE GOING TO BED HUNGRY can’t be true when you can survive on beans and rice….

If you want to hurt Slanthead, find his sponsors and tell them what a jerk he is.

Yesterday, Palmetto Public Record exclusively reported that the Internal Revenue Service has been investigating since March of 2011 the Sikh worship center run by Gov. Haley’s father. At least five lawsuits have been filed against the Sikh Society of South Carolina since 2010, alleging that the group bilked contractors out of nearly $130,000 for the construction of a new temple.

Gov. Haley is reported to have managed the temple’s finances as late as 2003, and our sources believe any indictment would center on what happened to the missing money.
It reported on Obama’s opposition to investigations into Bush crimes of torture and warrantless eavesdropping - opposition revealed only after he was safely elected - and it explained that “because every President eventually leaves office, incoming chief executives have an incentive to quash investigations into their predecessor’s tenure.” As I wrote in the book about this article: “In other words, by letting criminal bygones be bygones within the executive branch, presidents uphold a gentleman’s agreement to shield either other from accountability for any crimes they might want to commit in office.”

It’s the same reason that media elites and others are so opposed to these investigations as well: elites obviously benefit from elite immunity, and so have an interest in not subverting it when other elites commit crimes. I have no doubt that part of Obama’s reluctance was political - a belief that applying the rule of law to Bush, Cheney and others would create political turbulence for him - but a significant motivating factor was undoubtedly the desire not to have his own actions investigated once he leaves office if the GOP controls the Executive Branch (and, thus, the Justice Department).
IDK but this made me laugh really hard.

Laughing is one reaction when you realize it’s people like you who they’d set under their wheels. Maybe it’s easier to live in denial then admit to yourself that you’ve got a life full of struggle just to make a decent living.

This is one of the biggest problems about the pure ideological operation of the market economy… if people aren’t going to consume, if they aren’t going to continue to prop up the flawed system - even if it’s because they work dead end jobs or got retrenched due to the GFC or whatever - then they can go off into a corner and die, for all the market cares. That is what people mean - in its truest form - when they talk about letting the market decide.

And the people driving this ideology are the ones that do have the money, that do continue to consume and will never have to be concerned that they won’t be able to cover their own bills that get them good health care and good food that stops them needing the health care.

The morons of the middle class that are out there waving banners around for the Tea Party, that think they’re part of the winning team who won’t ever need to worry about that sort of stuff, a lot of them are being conned by the big money behind the Tea Party and are really just a couple of strikes of bad luck away from being the ones that can’t afford to cover their monthly bills or care for their children if they get sick. When that happens, in a world where (their) demands have become reality, or closer to reality as we’re seeing now, the market will tell them, too, to just fuck off and die.